2 Kings 19
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1And it comes to pass, at King Hezekiah’s hearing, that he tears his garments, and covers himself with sackcloth, and enters the house of YHWH, 2and sends Eliakim, who [is] over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and the elderly of the priests, covering themselves with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, son of Amoz, 3and they say to him, “Thus said Hezekiah: This day [is] a day of distress, and rebuke, and despising; for sons have come to the birth, and there is not power to bring forth. 4It may be your God YHWH hears all the words of the chief of the butlers with which the king of Asshur his lord has sent him to reproach the living God, and has decided concerning the words that your God YHWH has heard, and you have lifted up prayer for the remnant that is found.” 5And the servants of King Hezekiah come to Isaiah, 6and Isaiah says to them, “Thus you say to your lord, Thus said YHWH: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Asshur have reviled Me. 7Behold, I am giving a spirit in him, and he has heard a report, and has turned back to his land, and I have caused him to fall by the sword in his land.”

8And the chief of the butlers turns back and finds the king of Asshur fighting against Libnah, for he has heard that he has journeyed from Lachish. 9And he hears concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, saying, “Behold, he has come out to fight with you”; and he turns and sends messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10“Thus you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Do not let your God in whom you are trusting lift you up, saying, Jerusalem is not given into the hand of the king of Asshur. 11Behold, you have heard that which the kings of Asshur have done to all the lands—to devote them; and are you delivered? 12Did the gods of the nations deliver them whom my fathers destroyed—Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden, who [are] in Thelassar? 13Where [is] the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?”

14And Hezekiah takes the letters out of the hand of the messengers and reads them, and goes up to the house of YHWH, and Hezekiah spreads it before YHWH. 15And Hezekiah prays before YHWH and says, “O YHWH, God of Israel, inhabiting the cherubim, You [are] God Himself—You alone—to all the kingdoms of the earth: You have made the heavens and the earth. 16Incline, O YHWH, Your ear, and hear; open, O YHWH, Your eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib with which he has sent him to reproach the living God. 17Truly, O YHWH, kings of Asshur have laid waste the nations and their land, 18and have put their gods into fire, for they [are] no gods, but work of the hands of man, wood and stone, and destroy them. 19And now, O our God YHWH, please save us out of his hand, and all kingdoms of the earth know that You [are] YHWH God—You alone.”

20And Isaiah son of Amoz sends to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus said YHWH, God of Israel: That which you have prayed to Me concerning Sennacherib king of Asshur I have heard;

21this [is] the word that YHWH spoke concerning him: Trampled on you—laughed at you "" Has the virgin daughter of Zion; Shaken the head behind you "" Has the daughter of Jerusalem!

22Whom have you reproached and reviled? And against whom lifted up a voice? Indeed, you lift up your eyes on high—Against the Holy One of Israel!

23By the hand of your messengers "" You have reproached the Lord, and say, "" In the multitude of my chariots I have come up to a high place of mountains—The sides of Lebanon, "" And I cut down the height of its cedars, "" The choice of its firs, "" And I enter the lodging of its extremity, "" The forest of its Carmel.

24I have dug, and drunk strange waters, "" And I dry up with the sole of my steps "" All floods of a bulwark.

25Have you not heard from afar [that] I made it, "" From days of old that I formed it? Now I have brought it in, "" And it becomes a desolation, "" Ruinous heaps [are] fortified cities,

26And their inhabitants [are] feeble-handed, "" They were broken down, and are dried up, "" They have been the herb of the field, "" And the greenness of the tender grass, "" Grass of the roofs, "" And blasted grain—before it has risen up!

27And your sitting down, and your going out, "" And your coming in, I have known, "" And your anger toward Me;

28Because of your anger toward Me, "" And your noise—it came up into My ears, "" I have put My hook in your nose, "" And My bridle in your lips, "" And have caused you to turn back "" In the way in which you came.

29And this [is] the sign to you, "" Food of the year [is] the spontaneous growth, "" And in the second year the self-produced, "" And in the third year you sow, and reap, "" And plant vineyards, and eat their fruits. 30And it has continued—The escaped of the house of Judah "" That has been left—to take root beneath, "" And has made fruit upward. 31For a remnant goes out from Jerusalem, "" And an escape from Mount Zion; The zeal of YHWH [of Hosts] does this.

32Therefore, thus said YHWH, "" Concerning the king of Asshur: He does not come into this city, "" Nor does he shoot an arrow there, "" Nor does he come before it with shield, "" Nor does he pour out a mound against it. 33In the way that he comes in—In it he turns back, "" And to this city he does not come in, "" A declaration of YHWH— 34And I have covered over this city, "" To save it for My own sake, "" And for the sake of My servant David.”

35And it comes to pass, in that night, that a messenger of YHWH goes out, and strikes one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of Asshur, and they rise early in the morning, and behold, all of them [are] dead corpses. 36And Sennacherib king of Asshur journeys, and goes, and turns back, and dwells in Nineveh; 37and it comes to pass, he is bowing himself in the house of his god Nisroch, and [his sons] Adramelech and Sharezar have struck him with the sword, and they have escaped to the land of Ararat, and his son Esar-Haddon reigns in his stead.

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